10 YEARS. CELEBRATION TONIGHT.
A three game series concludes tonight for the Alaska Aces at home, who host the Las Vegas Wranglers in the ninth meeting of the season. The Aces are 7-1-0 this season against Las Vegas and took the last matchup in a 3-2 shootout win last night at Sullivan Arena. The Aces are on a seven game unbeaten streak in regulation (5-0-2) and enter tonight at first place in the Mountain Division. Tonight is the final meeting between the teams at Sullivan Arena. Three more games in the series await at Las Vegas (Mar. 28-30).
GAME: Alaska Aces vs. Las Vegas Wranglers
DATE: Saturday, January 18, 2014
TIME: 7:15 p.m.
SITE: Sullivan Arena
TV: GCI Channel 1
RADIO: 103.7FM/750 AM KFQD
Alaska Aces: Calgary Flames
Las Vegas Wranglers: Independent
The Aces will suit up in specialty jerseys, honoring 10 years of Alaska Aces hockey (dating back to their first ECHL campaign in 2003-04). The jerseys, a cream colored base with blue numbers and shoulders and a red trim, include a special 10 years crest and tie-down laces on the front. The jerseys, straight off the backs of Aces players, will be auctioned off to fans in attendance immediately following the game.
NOTE OF THE NIGHT
Peter Sivak, who leads the Aces in scoring, has nine points in four games and is fourth in ECHL scoring (39 points).
OFF TO A GOOD START
The Aces carry a .900 win percentage, ranking second in the ECHL, when scoring the first goal of the game (17-1-2).
AK 3 – LV 2 (SO) (1-17-14): Gerald Coleman earned his first win of the season on 22 saves and the Alaska Aces (23-9-3, 49 points) blasted a season high 50 shots on goal en route to a 3-2 comeback shootout win over the Las Vegas Wranglers before 4,721 fans at Sullivan Arena on Friday. The Aces, who earned their first come-from-behind victory of the season when trailing after two periods, extended their unbeaten streak in regulation to seven games and were boosted by shootout goals from Peter Sivak, Brendan Connolly and Shawn Skelly (game winner in the fifth round).
- Sean Curry is 5 games away from 700 in his professional career
- Brendan Connolly is 4 goals away from 100 in his professional career
- Nick Mazzolini is 6 goals away from 100 in his Aces career
- Peter Sivak is 8 games away from 700 in his professional career
The Aces are 13-4-1 at Sullivan Arena this season … they have a lifetime home record of 270-75-31 since entering the ECHL in 2003-04 … the Aces entered this season with the all-time best win percentage at home (.756) … at home, the Aces have allowed just 35 goals, fewest in the ECHL this season … the Aces are 8-0-0 when leading after one period at home … the Aces went 5-2-1 in their last homestand, lasting eight games (season high).
The Aces enter tonight leading the ECHL for shots on goal per game (34.2) … the Aces fired a season high 50 shots on goal last night vs. Las Vegas (3-2 SO win) … there have been 26 occasions this season where the Aces have fired 30 shots on goal or more, in a game.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
- The Aces are second in the ECHL, fewest goals allowed per game (2.1) and lead the ECHL for fewest shots allowed per game (24.4).
- Brad Richard is tied for third among ECHL rookies with a +15 rating
- Brad Richard is tied for second among ECHL rookie defensemen with 17 points in 28 games.
- The Aces have 12 games of allowing 20 shots or less this season.